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The Electrify America network continues to expand with their 400th public charging station. It's crazy considering that they started under 2 years ago.

Here's their full announcement on the new charging station.

Reston, VA (February 4, 2020) – Electrify America will open its 400th electric vehicle charging station this week, setting a rapid pace for installation of DC fast-charging stations. The network’s aggressive timeline has resulted in the addition of more than 1,700 new chargers from coast-to-coast in just 20 months to the benefit of EV drivers nationwide.

Electrify America opened its first site in Chicopee, MA, in May 2018. Since then, the company has focused on building a ‘future proof’ network consisting almost exclusively of ultra-fast chargers. These DC fast chargers offer electrical power up to 350 kilowatts (kW), allowing drivers to charge capable EVs at a rate of up to 20 miles per minute.

Less than two years later, Electrify America now offers stations so widely available that 96 percent of Americans live within 120 miles of a charger. The company has no plans to slow down anytime soon – in addition to opening 400 stations to the public, it has more than 100 stations permitted and another 150 in various phases of design and engineering.

“We are laser-focused on providing our customers with a high-quality charging experience. Today’s drivers need assurances that they will have access to fast and reliable charging services, and that’s what we’re working to deliver,“ said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer, Electrify America. “We are incredibly proud of our progress to this date, and we’ll continue to build out our brand-neutral network to be able to serve even more EV drivers where they live, work, and travel.”

With a core mission of investing in EV infrastructure, access, and education, Electrify America’s accomplishments extend beyond the installation of charging stations. Other significant developments in the company’s short but storied history include:

  • The introduction of a robust mobile app that offers an efficient charging experience through streamlined payment and membership options, and the ability to remotely monitor charging sessions
  • Agreements with seven electric vehicle manufacturers to offer their EV owners nationwide charging plans
  • Network interoperability agreements with several major American charging networks
  • Agreements with more than 640 retail, convenience, financial centers and refueling locations, ranging from big brand retailers to family-owned businesses
Electrify America plans to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 total chargers by December 2021.
 

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This is all nice and well but how many stations are being decommissioned or are defunct? I know North Carolina is not "exciting" but people rely on these stations to be there and functioning (especially if the apps, whether EA's or Audi's, show them as such). On my drive from Charlotte to Raleigh, I found the 8-station bank at the Walmart (in Greensboro) to be completely turned off and in the process of being dismantled (currently shown as active on their site). I was lucky enough to make it to Hillsborough where only one of the 4-station bank works and very haphazardly (took me 15 minutes both times to get it to work). There's a new-looking 3-station setup by a Target in Cary, NC that had close to 100kW charging and that was nice to charge at while in town. However, the trip between the two major cities is not doable given the lack of infrastructure in between. This is a disgrace.
 

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Were you traveling over Labor Day weekend? I understand the EA system had a major shutdown on the East Coast during that time. I'm not sure the current EV charger paradigm is working very well. Relying on users to report a downed system when THEY need to use it is untenable. I read that in Germany within the next few years ALL gas stations will have to have EV charging stations available. In the US, the current EV charging system is like the Wild West!
 

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It was just this past weekend (26-27). I agree, they should know their own chargers’ status. The guy I spoke to on the phone was trying to get me to troubleshoot the app, etc. Dude, I’m in the middle of nowhere with a four year old and barely enough charge to get to the best charging station that “hopefully” works! I know, I know, father of the year!
 
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